Mandarin duck in exhibit

Mandarin Duck

Scientific Name

Aix galericulata

Class

Aves

Order

Anseriformes

Range

Eastern Russia, China, and Japan

Habitat

Forest habitats with accessible ponds and streams

Estimated Wild Population

66,000
Mandarin duck in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Mandarin ducks are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. Males are very colorful—they have a dark purple chest with black and white stripes, brown wings with a bue-green edge, and a long brown and white crown. Their coloration helps them attract less-colorful females, which have brownish-black plumage with white markings around their eyes and throat. Both males and females have thin, flat feet, which allows them to paddle through water.

Interesting Fact 1

Mandarin ducks have been referenced as a symbol of loyalty in ancient Chinese and Japanese philosophy.

Interesting Fact 2

Pairs often remain together for several breeding seasons and build nests in tree holes up to 30 feet above the ground.

Interesting Fact 3

Soon after hatching, ducklings leap from their high nesting holes in response to their mother's call.

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